Your local housing benefit office

Bolton MBC
Housing Benefit Department,
Bolton Town Hall,
Victoria Square,
Tel 01204 331 590

Bolton Council's Local Welfare Provision

Bolton Council’s Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme helps people in short-term crisis with food and essential items.  Applications are discretionary and there to help meet one-off needs rather than on-going expenses but may be able to help in an emergency.   


The scheme is available to help with things like food, fuel and essential furniture and white goods when there is no other way of paying for them.


For further information click here



Bolton's Household Support Fund

Bolton's Household Support Fund can be used to provide support with food, energy and other household goods.


For more information click here.


Hoot Credit Union

Hoot Credit Union has been working in Bolton for 30 years, offering affordable loans and savings solutions which help the local community.

They provide affordable loans ranging from £200 to £15,000 and members only pay interest on the reducing balance - meaning interest is only charged on how much there is left to pay, not on how much was borrowed in the first place. There are also no fees for paying a loan back early.

For more information click here. 


Citizens Advice

Bolton Citizens Advice provide free, confidential and impartial advice to Bolton residents around issues including money worries and debt, benefits advice or queries about employment.

Click here for more information or call 0808 278 7804 from 10am - 4pm. Monday to Friday.

Support with food and other essentials

An interactive map highlighting food banks and community pantries has been produced by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and can be accessed here.

Click on your location to see who can help in your area.

If you’re on certain benefits and are pregnant or have a child under four, you’re eligible for a Healthy Start card.

Receive £8.50 a week for children aged 0 to 1 and £4.25 a week for those aged 1 to 4. The card can be spent in some UK stores on fruit, vegetables, formula, and milk, and you also qualify for free vitamins. Cards are topped up every four weeks.

Click here for more information.

Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach is a Christian charity providing food for households in crisis; and person-centred support for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and young people in Bolton.

Click here for more information.

Call 01204 385848 or email

Help for Households government campaign

The government has brought together information about the various support available to help with the rising cost of living.

It includes information about income support; energy bills; household support; childcare costs; transport costs and discounts and savings.

Click here for details.

Benefits calculator

Check you are receiving all of the benefits you're entitled to with our quick and easy to use benefits calculator.

In just a few minutes it will search benefits, grants and other support available to see if you and your family are eligible.

Click here to check now.

Helping Hand - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Helping Hand initiative by GMCA is there to help people across Greater Manchester access services that support you with the increased cost of living. 

You can find information on energy, money, food, childcare, mental health, and more. 

Click here for more information.